Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 2 months ago

Since kings or queens can be succeeded by their children, can dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts and barons be succeeded by their children ?

5 Answers

  • Alan H
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That is exactly how it works, except for Life Peers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That is how the hereditary peerage works. But it can only pass to the eldest living male child, not a sibling (under extremely unusual circumstances it can pass to a daughter) If there is no heir, that is the end of the title until it is recreated for someone else. If a Duke has a subsidiary title like Viscount, the heir may use that during his father's lifetime. Life Peers (barons or baronesses) cannot pass on the title to their children.

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Where a peerage is hereditary, yes, but in the vast majority of peerages inheritance is restricted to males only, and then only to the descendants of the current title holder. Meaning that sometimes a brother and nephews of the heir apparent loose succession rights to the peerage. 

    Occasionally, a peerage may be inherited by a daughter, sibling or more distant relative, but only if stipulated in the Letters Patent which created the said title. (eg. Second creations of Earldom Mountbatten of Burma, Dukedom of Fife, original creation of Dukedom of Marlborough)

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes,of course.  Those are hereditary peerages and always have been.  They are succeeded by the eldest son.  If there is no son, the title will go to a more distant male relative -- a younger brother, a nephew, a cousin. It may die out if there is no male relative to inherit but the monarch could recreated it for a new family at some point in the future. That's happened many times.

    A sibling (male) CAN inherit if the holder of the peerage dies without sons. If that happens, the peerage will go to the next eldest brother, if there is one.  That's happened often, too.

    A very few peerages involving what is known as a "special remainder" allow the eldest daughter to inherit if there is no son. There are more of these in Scotland than in England, I believe.  However, female inheritance of a peerage is rare.

    There is also such a thing as a "life peerage". This is bestowed only for the holder's lifetime, usually in return for some special accomplishment or service to the nation.  It cannot be inherited. The title is Baron or Baroness.

    Baronetcies are also heritable but are not peerages.

    The second-ranking title in the UK is "Marquess," not "Marquis," which is the French form.

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  • Clo
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Peers are succeeded by the eldest son.The eldest son generally assumes the title next down the title bearer holds. There are the very rare peerages that can be inherited by the eldest sibling, regardless of gender. The Dukedom of Marlborough is one that can:

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